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Today’s News - Friday, November 4, 2011

•   Zandberg zings Tel Aviv Museum's new wing: it's a "wow" at first sight, but ultimately a "beautiful waste of space" that is "all form and no function...its purpose seems to have been forgotten."

•   LaBarre cheers an "iridescent music center" for a tiny village in Spain - that cost less than $1 million (gasp!).

•   The "real marvel" about the new addition to the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah, GA, is the "drastic juxtaposition" between the ruins of an 1853 railway depot and the soaring, light-filled spaces.

•   Rybczynski is on a roll about "how the Brits stole high-tech" from American architects and "made it sing."

•   Woodman cheers Foster's "extraordinary proposal to overhaul the UK's transport infrastructure" + the ArcelorMittal Orbit "captures the present moment all too clearly - and what a frightening sight it is."

•   Wainwright finds the "lunatic red" Orbit "so willfully grotesque that it is almost likable."

•   More on the end of a decade of the U.K.'s starchitect-studded adventures in seeking the Bilbao effect in new regional fine-arts buildings.

•   Hume discovers it's not a good idea to tell Libeskind his buildings look like one another.

•   Lewis is (mostly) impressed with the 2011 Solar Decathlon entries that "suggested the kinds of sustainable, affordable homes that America's home building industry could be producing for small households decades from now."

•   Q&A with Eco-Structure editor Weeks re: biomimicry, the importance of the post-occupancy performance of buildings, and why Ray Anderson deserves to be in a Hall of Fame.

•   Many fear new rules could leave some NYC community gardens open to development.

•   Jacobs Engineering swallows Philly-based firm KlingStubbins "to better compete with other big players."

•   Winners all: Public projects dominate the Australian Institute of Architects National Architecture Awards 2011 + WAF 2011 day two winners are lots of building types.

•   Weekend diversions:

•   Russell tours the Skyscraper Museum's "Supertall!": "Though sleek, futuristic modernism prevails, cash-laden promoters ransack history to lay on gilded glitz."

•   Moore finds things to marvel at "Building the Revolution": "The show is prophecy and elegy at once," though "as either prophecy or politics, the architecture largely fails."

•   RIBA opens a Pavilion of Protest that presents "data from more than 1,400 students regarding the cost of tuition fees."

•   In Hong Kong, an architect is set to open the Architecture Is Art festival: "We need to remind people that architecture is not just building and not just investment."

•   Weinstein rounds up four new books on Japanese architecture that "reveal new twists in that heritage of design, many brought about by surprising fusions of vernacular materials and new technology."

•   EDITOR'S NOTE: A reminder to U.S. readers (except lucky Arizona) to turn back your clocks this weekend (always such a depressing thing to have to do).


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